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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 276-280

Gender difference in relation to emotional intelligence and conflict among Elite boxing players

1 Sports Sciences Faculty, Army Sports Institute, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, India

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Karanbir Singh
Consultant Sports Psychologist, Sports Sciences Faculty, Army Sports Institute, Pune, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-6308.164315

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Objective: The present study is an attempt to investigate the gender difference in relation to emotional intelligence and conflict among boxing players and extending researches that found a strong relationship between these two constructs. Methods: The total 50 Elite boxers participated in the study, out of which 25 are Elite male boxers and 25 Elite female boxers of age 18 and above. Who completed the Emotional Intelligence Test by Anjum and Roqiya and Thomas Killman Conflict Mode Instrument by Kilmann and Thomas. Results: Comparison of means reveals significant gender difference on emotional intelligence, male boxing players have significantly scored higher on emotional intelligence than female boxers. The pattern of handling interpersonal conflict also differ significantly for male and female boxers. Male boxers emphasis more on competing, collaborating and avoiding, whereas female boxers use accommodating and compromising as a mode of handling interpersonal conflict. The correlation analysis reveals insignificant relationship between emotional intelligence and conflict mode for males, however significant but negative relation found between emotional intelligence and avoiding for female boxers, which implies that female boxers who are high in emotional intelligence are less in avoidance.

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